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Doonst does a timely Sulphur Springs 25 K report

Postby Doonst » Sat May 24, 2008 11:32 am

Brief background, I did this race 2 years ago in humid conditions and struggled to a 2:36 finish. I was hoping to shave 12 minutes off that time, but thought that might be ambitious. I have no real reason to think that I am any faster than last year, but on a good day maybe. I also did my first trail race here 3 years ago, the 10 K.
I haven't felt that great this week, from GI problems to congestion to a sorer knee than I've had in a month. I figured that meant I might have a good race today, sometimes that's just the way it goes. Up at 4:45, gone by 5:45, at that time it was 8 C as the sun rose. At the race I met up with Kinga, Mike Laz and Wes Casual-Runner. Nice black tech singlet this year.
It was Casual-Runner's first trail race, fresh off his first marathon 2 weeks ago. He was hoping to tag along for 10 K or so to get a feel for it. It was fun showing him the ropes, mostly not going out too fast, and that it really is okay to walk the steep hills. Of which there are several. One woman ran right into a steel post blocking the trail from ATVs, went down hard right in the starting line crowd. We do a first 5 K loop and return to the start mat, time here was 25:5x, or about 1:10 faster than last time. Times 5 that would be 6 minutes faster, but again I went out too fast last time. Now we do the big 20 K loop, and things thin out as we lose the 50 K people.
It really is a hilly course, big small, long and steep. Good footing though, just a few muddy spots. I chose road shoes for this one, worked fine but they are dirty now. At the 11 K out and back aid station, I noticed I was feeling pretty fresh; it was here that I flagged last time. Still there were times we seemed to lag slightly, overall it was going good. The rollers from 12 to 18 K went quick, it helped to have someone to talk to. Around 18 K Casual said he was going to ease up a bit, but he somehow stuck with me. Big long hill ending at 20 K, then flats beside a field. At this aid station someone asked if we were brothers, just because we are both 6'2" and wearing matching shirts. That's when I knew I had to drop him. I was feeling pretty good with 5 K to go, so I stepped it up. Big long downhill now, just enough that you can run it without gathering too much speed. Over a K long, fun fun fun. Back up the gulch one more time, power walked it faster than the first time I'm sure. Passed one guy here who looked like he might be in my age group. I knew for a while that my time would be good, but wow. 2:13:44, or 23 minutes improvement! Almost a minute per K. So I concluded, I really did have a bad race 2 years ago, I am faster now, and I had a solid race today. Verging on very good. Just the thing for my waning confidence, best performance this year for sure. Results aren't up yet but I saw 5th out of 28 for men 50 plus, dunno overall place.
It was beautiful weather for a race, at least from 7:30 to 9:45, even then it was warm in the sun. We were thinking of the people doing 50 and 100 miles, but still pretty fine out. Another good day at the races!
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Postby Jo-Jo » Sat May 24, 2008 11:46 am

WOW...that is one huge improvement Sheldon. Awesome!!!! :D :D
Glad to read that this race was a confidence booster..fantastic.
BTW...I'd love a copy of the pic from your avatar...I assume it was taken on your camera...I'll PM you with my e-mail address :D

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Postby Doonst » Sat May 24, 2008 11:53 am

Jo-Jo wrote:WOW...that is one huge improvement Sheldon. Awesome!!!! :D :D
Glad to read that this race was a confidence booster..fantastic.
BTW...I'd love a copy of the pic from your avatar...I assume it was taken on your camera...I'll PM you with my e-mail address :D

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Nope, I got it on this great new web site I found: http://robbie-t.kicks-ass.org/2008-04-Boston%20Marathon/tn/BostonMarathon022.jpg.html

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Postby Jo-Jo » Sat May 24, 2008 12:29 pm

DUH...I'm such a dope...Robbie-T sent me the link to that in a PM.
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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Sat May 24, 2008 3:22 pm

great improvement - well done on a solid race!
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Postby Jwolf » Sat May 24, 2008 3:34 pm

Very nice race, Sheldon. You're in great shape and it shows.
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Re: Doonst does a timely Sulphur Springs 25 K report

Postby casual-runner » Sat May 24, 2008 4:34 pm

Congratulation on a huge 23 minutes PB :clap: :clap:

You made my trail debut so easy :)
Thank You Sheldon :P


Doonst wrote:.... At this aid station someone asked if we were brothers, just because we are both 6'2" and wearing matching shirts. That's when I knew I had to drop him.
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Postby mlazenby » Sat May 24, 2008 5:17 pm

That's just a splendid run Sheldon. Big Congratulations!
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Postby UltraQueenga » Sat May 24, 2008 5:38 pm

Wow, nice improvement! Congrats doonst! You are getting faster and faster!
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Postby Ed Fizz » Sat May 24, 2008 7:35 pm

Monster PB dude!!! Congrats on another strong run. I might just see you at ITT is the scheduling is right.

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Postby dwayne_runs_far » Sat May 24, 2008 7:57 pm

Great run Sheldon! When are you going to try a trail ultra? :-)

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Postby canadian locomotive » Sat May 24, 2008 8:03 pm

Wow! What an improvement. Great job!

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Postby Marg » Sat May 24, 2008 8:29 pm

23 minutes... wow Sheldon. Sounds like the knee probs are gone too. Right on!
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Postby runJrun » Sat May 24, 2008 9:18 pm

Nice one Sheldon!! That is a huge amount of time to knock off - be proud!!
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Postby Robbie-T » Sat May 24, 2008 10:42 pm

Great Run Doonst, that is an amazing improvement!!
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Postby Strider » Sun May 25, 2008 5:54 am

Smokin' Pace for a trail run - Excellent performance. ITT here we come
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Postby trixiee » Sun May 25, 2008 6:28 am

Hooray for huge confidence boosters! Well done, Mr. Doonst! :D
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Postby ilee » Sun May 25, 2008 7:33 am

Congratulations on another PB.

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Postby Lx2run » Sun May 25, 2008 11:50 am

Way to go Sheldon !!!

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Postby AlfiefromPickering » Sun May 25, 2008 11:53 am

Great performance as usual Sheldon. I missed this 25 Km race because I woke up late.... :?
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Postby ChrisL » Sun May 25, 2008 1:09 pm

Good run Sheldon. 23 minutes on 25km is impressive. I see Boston as a training run for you because of the topography.
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Postby BJH » Sun May 25, 2008 1:24 pm

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Postby QuickChick » Sun May 25, 2008 4:17 pm

WOW Sheldon, that's awesome! Great job, especially on a tough course.
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Postby Size5 » Sun May 25, 2008 4:43 pm

I'd love to run SS but man a 23 min PB :shock: Holy Carp!

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Re: Doonst does a timely Sulphur Springs 25 K report

Postby Irongirl » Sun May 25, 2008 6:53 pm

Doonst wrote:I am faster now, and I had a solid race today.


I concur! :)
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